Certification Services

Renewable Energy Assurance Limited operates a Compost Certification Scheme and, in partnership with DIN CERTCO and AIB-Vincotte, provides certification scheme services for Compostable Packaging and Home Compostable Packaging. This website section provides details about these certification schemes. 
In January 2013, the Association for Organics Recycling became the Organics Recycling Group within the Renewable Energy Association.  AfOR's Compost Certification Scheme and the partnership certification services it provided are now operated by Renewable Energy Assurance Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the REA. 
Compost Certification Scheme
This certification scheme assesses and certifies compost compliance with ‘PAS 100 only’ or with 'PAS 100 and the Compost Quality Protocol'.

Compostable Packaging
"EN 13432 ~ Requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation. Test scheme and evaluation criteria for the final acceptance of packaging".

'Home Compostable' Certification
Requirements for packaging and products recoverable through home composting.

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New Compost Certification Scheme

New Compost Certification Scheme

The Compost Certification Scheme (CCS), formerly managed by the Association for Organics Recycling (AfOR), has been re-launched by REAL with a new website, new logo and updated scheme rules.

Guidance and report: using compostables at events

Guidelines and report on using compostable products and packaging at 'closed venue' events.
What are bio-based materials?

What are bio-based materials?

A brief out line description of bio-based materials
LOCOG ~ Games changer for reuse, recycling and composting

LOCOG ~ Games changer for reuse, recycling and composting

Together, LOCOG and its contractors have reused, recycled and composted a considerable percentage of operational wastes from the games venues.

Bioplastics in AD

This American article discusses a packaging material that is suitable for disposal by anaerobic digestion (AD). As AD is becoming increasingly favoured as a disposal option for bio-wastes this could represent away forward.
EN13432 Compostable Packaging

EN13432 Compostable Packaging

There are several levels of recognition under the EN13432 scheme. This site gives access to the list of registered materials.
'Home Compostable' items certified by the AfOR-Vinçotte scheme

'Home Compostable' items certified by the AfOR-Vinçotte scheme

A list of items certified 'Home Compostable' by the AfOR-Vinçotte certification scheme.

Registered Materials, Intermediates & Additives, & Certified Products

The following links direct you to Din Certco and Vincotte lists of registered (approved) materials, intermediates, additives. They also include certified 'finished products'. Specific information on the allowed max thickness, type designation, dimensions and contact details are displayed.

Concise guide to compostable products and packaging

Concise guide to compostable products and packaging

AfOR has produced a concise guide to compostable products and packaging for use by local authorities and any other party who intends to utilise these beneficial materials. The guide places particular emphasis on the checking of claims made by manufactures, while providing information on the European logos which depict certified compostable products.
‘Home Compostable' certification scheme launched

‘Home Compostable' certification scheme launched

Today the Association for Organics Recycling (AFOR1) has launched (22/02/2011) a ‘Home Compostable' certification scheme geared principally to the UK market.
AfOR 'Home Compostable' certification: Introduction

AfOR 'Home Compostable' certification: Introduction

Due to the increasing number of ‘compostable' packaging and plastics products in the UK market, the Association for Organics Recycling (AfOR) has established a ‘home compostable' certification scheme and certification mark (logo) for the UK,
Making an Application

Making an Application

If you wish to make an application for a particular product or family of products AfOR would always advise that you speak to one of its representative first.
Click the title for more information on making an application
FAQs on Applying for Certification

FAQs on Applying for Certification

Covering all the essential information about applying for certification from terminology to necessary tests.

Using AfOR's 'home compostable' certification mark

Correct use of AfOR's 'Home Compostable' certification mark is advocated at every stage of the certification scheme. There are set parameters for incorporating it onto a certified product or piece of packaging. Further details can found via the scheme rules document.

General Terms and Conditions for the Supply of Services

These general terms and conditions define the framework and limitations of the performance of Vincotte's and AfOR's inspections, and the respective obligations of the parties.

List of Approved laboratories

Approved laboratories who are eligible to undertake testing which meets the 'Home Compostable' criteria can be found by clicking the title of this article.

AfOR Home Compostable - Scheme Rules

The scheme rules were developed from the Vinçotte OK compost HOME scheme rules with additional guidance added to reflect the requirements of the AfOR - Viçotte co-partnership.

British Standard on oxo-biodegradation of plastics

The British Standards Institution has published a standard named BS 8472 "Methods for the assessment of the oxo-biodegradation of plastics and of the phyto-toxicity of the residues in controlled laboratory conditions".
Independent Certification Scheme

Independent Certification Scheme

In the UK, AfOR operates a certification scheme in partnership with the German certification body Din Certco, aligned to the requirements of BS EN 13432. Packaging certified to BS EN 13432 is an acceptable input material to commercial composting systems

Certification scheme for biodegradable & compostable packaging & plastics - more information

To make an application please download the available documentation in this section.

If you have any questions regarding the application forms content please contact AfOR.

AfOR's position on 'compostable' packaging and plastics

The Association for Organics Recycling advocates:
- the targeted use of 'compostable' packaging;
- promotion of the standards for biodegradable and compostable packaging and plastics;

Suitable applications for compostable packaging

Certified compostable products are suitable for a range of applications such as primary packaging, carrier bags, tableware (plates, cups etc.) and bags for separate collection of biowaste.

Terminology Introduction

The terms biodegradable, degradable and compostable are used interchangeably, particularly when the media discusses packaging and carrier bags. Often you are led you to believe their meaning is the same but this is far from the truth.
Packaging waste directive and standards

Packaging waste directive and standards

EN 13432 'Packaging: requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation' - was introduced in 2000

WRAP Position - Biopolymer packaging in the UK grocery market

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